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Sci-tech Rocket's first stage lands back at launch site
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The launch of the satellite, SAOCOM 1A , is being conducted for Argentina's space agency. Landing and refurbishing first-stage boosters are key to SpaceX's plans to decrease launch costs. The mission's main objective is to collect soil moisture information. SpaceX used the same first stage for the Saocom-1A mission that launched 10 satellites for Iridium about 10-and-a-half weeks ago, also from Vandenberg.

Sci-tech Hurricane Michael strengthens into Category 2 storm with 100 miles per hour winds
Author: 0 Hurricane Michael strengthens into Category 2 storm with 100 miles per hour winds

The designation means tropical storm force winds (39 to 73 mph) are expected in the area within 48 hours. Michael could cause erosion at the base of sand dunes along three-fourths of Florida Panhandle beaches , the U.S. Ivey signed the emergency declaration Monday in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and heavy rain associated with the storm. Some southern Alabama counties were under a tropical storm watch Monday afternoon.

Author: 0 Hubble Is in Safe Mode After Another Gyroscope Failure

According to NASA , the gyro that failed last week had been exhibiting end-of-life behavior for about a year, and its failure was not unexpected. If the team can't bring the malfunctioning gyroscopes back, it'll switch to operating with one or two gyroscopes, Osten said.

Sci-tech SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing a success
Author: 0 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing a success

SpaceX first started leasing the California landing space from the Air Force in 2015 but only recently received an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to make a return landing of this sort, Wired reports. It marked the first time the company has pulled off its now-signature rocket recovery method on land on the West Coast. The satellite, Saocom-1A, separated from the launcher's upper stage about 13 minutes later.

Sci-tech MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'
Author: 0 MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

Sirbescu sent a small sample to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC for further analysis where it was estimated the meteorite could be worth around $100,000. "It was in the barn, one of the outside sheds, just laying on a shelf", David Mazurek said. He says the farmer who sold him the property told a tale about his father seeing it fall from the sky and then digging it out of a hole in the 1930s.

Sci-tech Tropical storm likely to form, roll toward US Gulf coast
Author: 0 Tropical storm likely to form, roll toward US Gulf coast

Satellite-derived wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts. It would be Tropical Storm Michael, the next name on the hurricane center's list. Some of that rain could be locally heavy. High wind gusts are possible along the coast. Broad low pressure, centered to the south and east of the Yucatan as of Saturday morning, will gradually work northward into the Gulf of the Mexico through Sunday and into Monday.

Sci-tech Astronomers find compelling evidence for first confirmed exomoon
Author: 0 Astronomers find compelling evidence for first confirmed exomoon

A candidate exomoon refers to a moon orbiting planets in other star systems. Kepler-1625b, a massive planet orbiting a not-too-distant star, seems to have a friend along for the ride, and scientists are racing to confirm their findings and declare it the very first alien moon on record.

Sci-tech Astronomers find first moon beyond our solar system
Author: 0 Astronomers find first moon beyond our solar system

The researchers requested time on the Hubble Space Telescope , and their request, which was public, generated a bit of excitement among those who follow new planet discoveries. Although the planet and its possible moon are within the habitable zone of their star, both are considered to be gas giants and "unsuitable for life as we know it", Kipping said .

Author: 0 Extremely distant solar system object discovered

It was nicknamed the "Goblin" because of the letters "TG" in its provisional designation and it was discovered right in time for Halloween. Scott is an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington who have discovered this object along with the colleagues at Northern Arizona University, the University of Oklahoma and University of Hawaii.

Author: 0 MI man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

But Sirbescu said she knew "within seconds" that this rock was special. The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant.

Author: 0 Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right? She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

Sci-tech Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Author: 0 Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Chemistry

A phage is a virus that can infect bacteria and trick them into reproducing it. Smith found that it was possible to tinker with the genetic material of a phage to change the molecules stuck on its outside. One chemical expert says the research of new Nobel laureate Frances Arnold "has really enabled lots of different chemists to think about how we can make proteins and design proteins to do some fascinating chemistry ".

Sci-tech 3 astronauts land safely on Earth after 6 months in space
Author: 0 3 astronauts land safely on Earth after 6 months in space

The landing is the first since Russian space chief Dimitri Rogozin bemoaned "problems" in the Russian space agency's cooperation with NASA that he attributed to interference from unnamed American officials this week. The next launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is scheduled for next Thursday. Feustel invoked Hollywood comedy actor Jack Black's character Nacho Libre as he tweeted farewell to life on the space station.

Sci-tech Lockheed Martin Presents A Reusable, Crewed Moon Lander
Author: 0 Lockheed Martin Presents A Reusable, Crewed Moon Lander

Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith, MT Aerospace CEO Hans Steininger and OHB executives Lutz Bertling and Kurt Melching signed the cooperative agreement on Tuesday during the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, OHB said in a news release .

Sci-tech Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel
Author: 0 Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel

A 2011 profile on the University of Waterloo web site says Strickland described herself as a "laser jock" who enjoyed the competitive rush, and was working on creating the shortest laser pulse with the biggest punch. At 96, he is the oldest person ever named as a laureate for any of the prestigious awards. "Really? Is that all? And hopefully in time it'll start to move forward at a faster rate, maybe", Strickland said in a phone call with the academy after the prize announcement.

Sci-tech Hurricane heads for Baja, southwest US
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A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Pacific coast of the Baja California peninsula from Punta Abreojos to Cabo San Quintin. Hurricane Rosa is preparing to dump rain on northwest Mexico and the U.S. Swells generated by the hurricane were also expected to produce life-threatening surf and rip currents off Southern California. Moisture from Hurricane Rosa could cause flash flooding to Baja California, eastern California, Las Vegas and Arizona as it approaches the coast late Sunday.

Sci-tech JAXA's asteroid landers share photos from Ryugu's surface
Author: 0 JAXA's asteroid landers share photos from Ryugu's surface

The internal rotors on these robots that are powered by motors will help them hop and skip across the diamond shaped asteroid's rough blackish surface. "I was particularly impressed with the images taken from close range on the asteroid surface". Using internal rotating masses, each bot can propel itself upward and remain afloat for almost 15 minutes, traveling up to 49 feet (15 meters) with each hop.

Sci-tech Beluga whale 'spotted in River Thames' near Gravesend
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Beluga whales ( Delphinapterus leucas ) normally live in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters, so any beluga in the Thames would be a long way from home. "It shouldn't be in these waters and we hope it heads back to the Arctic, but its behaviour is not a massive concern", they said.

Sci-tech Japanese rovers send back 1st VIDEO ever taken on an asteroid
Author: 0 Japanese rovers send back 1st VIDEO ever taken on an asteroid

The lander has enough power for a 12-hour mission, in which it will analyze the asteroid's surface at two different sites. We now have our first major look at the surface of the Ryugu asteroid courtesy of rovers exploring it from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA ), and the photos are stunning.

Sci-tech Tropical Storm Kirk intensifies as it nears Barbados
Author: 0 Tropical Storm Kirk intensifies as it nears Barbados

On the forecast track, the center of Kirk will move across the Lesser Antilles within the tropical storm warning area Thursday or Thursday evening. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean. WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by Thursday afternoon, making outside preparations hard or unsafe.

Sci-tech Devastating Tornado Knocks Out Power For More Than 145000 In Ottawa Area
Author: 0 Devastating Tornado Knocks Out Power For More Than 145000 In Ottawa Area

In Gatineau, leaders of major political parties took a pause from the province's ongoing election campaign to visit areas walloped by the tornado. "The wind was just amazingly strong", said Angeconeb. "My partner got her foot cut and I got hit with flying glass as we were trying to get the dogs and cat and everything down in the basement". Environment Canada said that at nearly the same time a second, lightly less powerful, twister touched down in the south Ottawa neighbourhood of ...

Sci-tech Beluga whale spotted in River Thames
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Beluga whales can grow up to 20ft in length and are usually at home in the icy waters around Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation group said that beluga whales are identified by distinctive white markings and are typically found farther north.

Sci-tech Japan's 2 hopping rovers successfully land on asteroid Ryugu
Author: 0 Japan's 2 hopping rovers successfully land on asteroid Ryugu

You'll be waiting a while for the samples to return. A flood of imagery followed as the two hopping rovers - yes, they get around by hopping - set about their important task. However, it is blurred because the shot was taken while the rover was rotating. To reach its target, the spacecraft carried out a gravity-assist flyby of Earth in December 2015, putting the probe on course for arrival at Ryugu last June.

Sci-tech Space Rovers Become First-Ever Spacecraft To Land On Asteroid Surface
Author: 0 Space Rovers Become First-Ever Spacecraft To Land On Asteroid Surface

Because Ryugu is so small and doesn't have a significant gravitational field, the landing was particularly hard, but this also allows the rovers to hop around the asteroid, taking photos as they go. "I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan". The probe will then collect fresh materials from inside the crater which have not been exposed to wind and radiation.

Sci-tech More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence
Author: 0 More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence

Members of the Cajun Navy transport loggers to clear power lines after Tropical Storm Florence caused a massive flooding in Whiteville, North Carolina, U.S. In addition, about 30 farms near Lumberton have been isolated by flood waters, hampering the delivery of feed to animals . Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised".

Sci-tech Tropical disturbances form, strengthen in the Atlantic as busy September ends
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Officials in North and SC warn that the flooding danger is far from over, with SC ordering evacuations there as rivers rise. While Kirk will move over warmer water that typically makes tropical systems stronger, because it's moving so quickly, it won't get as much energy and strength from that warm water compared to if it were moving slower.

Sci-tech SpaceX unveils Japanese billionaire as first ever private tourist for lunar mission
Author: 0 SpaceX unveils Japanese billionaire as first ever private tourist for lunar mission

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa stood before the audience gathered at SpaceX headquarters Monday evening and was greeted by cheers when he echoed a line from a famous speech by President John F. As for Elon Musk, he said in last night's event that Maezawa is one of the wealthiest people in Japan and that he came to SpaceX and proposed them that he would be the first man to fly on their rocket.

Sci-tech Internet Creeped Out by Giant Spider Web in Greece
Author: 0 Internet Creeped Out by Giant Spider Web in Greece

It sounds like a something out of a horror movie: A town covered in thousands of webs, each crawling with hordes of spiders . The 1,000 foot area of greenery has been overrun by the sprawling web as spiders build a temporary home in order to mate.

Sci-tech Space X's first moon tourist is Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa
Author: 0 Space X's first moon tourist is Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

When asked how sure he is they will hit the 2023 date, Musk responded, "We are definitely not sure". Maezawa's trip to the moon is scheduled for 2023. The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometers). SpaceX has entered the race to send humans back to the moon, but their crew will not include astronauts from a government-run space program.

Sci-tech Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence
Author: 0 Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

Tobacco plants battered and bruised by Hurricane Florence stand unharvested in fields near Fremont, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways. Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility, reported that tens of thousands of customers in North and SC were still without power Thursday. But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from ...